Monday, September 20, 2021

Mae West: Crackdown on Morals

MAE WEST had her share of coverage from Variety, whose publisher Sime Silverman was invariably scornful, condescending, and critical. In 2021, Variety’s editorial viewpoint turned tail, deciding they’d come this time “not to bury Caesar but to praise him.” The task fell to Tim Gray, who had this to say. This is Part 6 of 10 segments.
• • Mae West: The Sex-Positive Old Hollywood Icon Who Was Far Ahead of Her Time • •
• • Mae West: Hollywood began cracking down on morals • •  
• • Tim Gray wrote: But as Hollywood began cracking down on morals, with the introduction of the Hays Code, her scripts were increasingly cut and the studio insisted she needed to add moralizing lines about the dangers of wicked living.
• • Tim Gray wrote: Tired of battling the censors, she stopped making films in 1943, moving to stage and nightclubs and smartly investing in Los Angeles real estate.

• • Tim Gray wrote: Among her purchases: the Ravenswood Apartments on Rossmore Avenue in Hancock Park, south of Hollywood, which she bought [sic] when her boyfriend William Jones, who was a Black boxer, was forbidden by the then-owners from entering the building.
• • Note: False. Mae West never owned the building. In fact, we'll print an article soon on how the landlord tried to evict Mae because she owned a dog and pets were against the rules at The Ravenswood.
• • Mae West: TV appearance then a comeback to the screen • •  …  
• • Tim Gray’s article will continue on the next post.
• • Source: Variety; published on Tuesday, 17 August 2021.
• • On Monday, 20 September  2010 • •
• • Performing Arts: Mae West Reborn • •
• • In this refreshing production, Mae West herself returns from the beyond to salvage an impersonator’s act and her own legacy.
• • Written by local playwright Kathryn O’Sullivan and directed by Paul Awad, “Mae” will be playing onstage at Flashpoint’s Mead Theatre Lab through October 2.
• • Source: Washington Life; posted on Monday, 20 September 2010.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Brave women have carved this trail of emancipation from ageism for my generation — — for instance, Mae West did her best in the USA nearly a century ago.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "If I can’t have my own way, if I’m crossed, something happens inside me. Why, I simply get sick. Sick to my stomach, that’s all.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Cape Cod newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • Tennessee Williams fest explores Is censorship ever appropriate? • •
• • Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll wrote: The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival is on for its 16th season, running Sept. 23-26, 2021 and following the same theme as its smaller, distanced event last year: “Tennessee Williams and Censorship.”
• • Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll wrote: The event will include four Williams plays; the “Longing Lasts Longer” rock manifesto by Penny Arcade (with a connected interactive workshop); a “Sex” play from 1926 that got Mae West thrown in jail; and a satire in which women from the Mayflower re-create a witch story from 1616. Featured artists will be from the Cape, but also from Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Illinois.
• • For festival or day passes or info: T. 866-789-8366.  …
• • Source: Cape Cod Times; posted on Friday, 6 August 2021

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 16th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,800 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,825th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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Friday, September 17, 2021

Mae West: Wildly Successful

MAE WEST had her share of coverage from Variety, whose publisher Sime Silverman was invariably scornful, condescending, and critical. In 2021, Variety’s editorial viewpoint turned tail, deciding they’d come this time “not to bury Caesar but to praise him.” The task fell to Tim Gray, who had this to say. This is Part 5 of 10 segments.
• • Mae West: The Sex-Positive Old Hollywood Icon Who Was Far Ahead of Her Time • •
• • Mae West: Continuing to break rules • •  
• • Tim Gray wrote: Continuing to break rules, she made her film debut at age 40 in the 1932 “Night After Night,” in a supporting role for which she wrote her own dialog.

• • Tim Gray wrote: When a hat check girl exclaims “Goodness, what beautiful diamonds,” Mae West dryly responds, “Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie.”
• • Note: Mae had borrowed a well-worn line from her witty friend Texas Guinan.
• • Tim Gray wrote: She became a lead in 1933 with “She Done Him Wrong,” co-starring the new actor Cary Grant; it received a best-picture Oscar nomination.
• • Tim Gray wrote: Her films were wildly successful, saving Paramount from bankruptcy and she became one of the highest paid individuals in the U.S., male or female.
• • Mae West: Hollywood's crack-down on morals • • …  
• • Tim Gray’s article will continue on the next post.
• • Source: Variety; published on Tuesday, 17 August 2021.
• • On Wednesday, 17 September 1947 • •
• • Mae West attended a Press Reception at The Savoy Hotel in London on Wednesday, 17 September 1947.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "It Ain't No Sin," the new Mae West picture which was to go into the Capitol as the first Paramount picture under the “pooling deal” arrangement, will not be ready for release as originally scheduled owing to the necessity of retakes.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I had to come in like a streak of lightning."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An American newsman interviewed Mae West.
• • Willis Thornton wrote: One thing, in justice, ought to be made clear at the outset. Mae West is none of your "big-horse women of the spear-carrying era. Though Mae is no frail flower, she's really rather small. Buxom, yes, but well under the average height.
• • Willis Thornton wrote: Mae says 119 lbs. is her best fighting weight.
• • Willis Thornton wrote: Mae has a most amazing pair of true violet eyes, slightly slanted. Her skin is soft and fair, nostrils wide and eager, and her mouth is just a little voluptuous, and very insolent.  …
• • Source: "Go West Young Woman, Go West," a syndicated feature, appeared in various newspapers starting around Sunday, 10 September 1933

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 16th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,800 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,824th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Mae West: Impressive Earnings

MAE WEST had her share of coverage from Variety, whose publisher Sime Silverman was invariably scornful, condescending, and critical. In 2021, Variety’s editorial viewpoint turned tail, deciding they’d come this time “not to bury Caesar but to praise him.” The task fell to Tim Gray, who had this to say. This is Part 4 of 10 segments.
• • Mae West: The Sex-Positive Old Hollywood Icon Who Was Far Ahead of Her Time • •
• • Mae West: Recognized an opportunity for publicity • •    
• • Tim Gray wrote: Mae West chose to serve the jail term (10 days) rather than pay a fine, because she knew it was good publicity.

• • Tim Gray wrote: Variety reported that “Sex” was earning an impressive $10,000 a week at the 63rd Street theater.
• • Tim Gray wrote: She followed it up with “The Drag,” depicting homosexuals in a positive light.
• • Tim Gray wrote: More battles with censors, more big business.
• • Tim Gray wrote: She deadpanned, “I believe in censorship. After all, I made a fortune out of it.”
• • Mae West: Breaking rules • • …  
• • Tim Gray’s article will continue on the next post.
• • Source: Variety; published on Tuesday, 17 August 2021.
• • On Monday, 16 September 1928 • •
• • Mae West's play "Pleasure Man" opened on a Monday evening on 16 September 1928 at the Bronx Opera House in New York City.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Universal catches Mae West on a delayed rebound from Paramount, teaming her with W.C. Fields for a hefty package of lusty humor. Picture marks return of Mae West to the screen after two years absence.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I wouldn't do a picture if it weren't right for me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An American newsman interviewed Mae West.
• • Willis Thornton wrote: From the day when she was born in that Brooklyn fastness — —  which her nativity entitles her to call "Green-pernt" — —  she was destined for the stage.  But in those days few thought that the little daughter of Jack West, Brooklyn lightweight prize fighter of the days of Sullivan and Corbett, would rule the world of fashion.
• • Willis Thornton wrote: Mae West said she first went on the stage at four and a half. …
• • Source: "Go West Young Woman, Go West," a syndicated feature, appeared in various newspapers starting around  Sunday, 10 September 1933

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 16th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,800 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,823rd blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Mae West: Two Evils

MAE WEST had her share of coverage from Variety, whose publisher Sime Silverman was invariably scornful, condescending, and critical. In 2021, Variety’s editorial viewpoint turned tail, deciding they’d come this time “not to bury Caesar but to praise him.” The task fell to Tim Gray, who had this to say. This is Part 3 of 10 segments.
• • Mae West: The Sex-Positive Old Hollywood Icon Who Was Far Ahead of Her Time • •
• • Mae West: Her most remembered lines • •  
• • Tim Gray wrote: Two of her most remembered lines were: “When I’m good, I’m very good. But when I’m bad, I’m better” and “When caught between two evils, I generally pick the one I’ve never tried before.”

• • Tim Gray wrote: After creating her own material for a solo act, she expanded this talent by writing plays.
• • Tim Gray wrote: In 1926, Variety was upbeat about her play “Sex,” adding, “Miss West gives a remarkable performance.”
• • Tim Gray wrote: The New York Times, though, called it “crude and inept” and she ended up being arrested for “corrupting the morals of youth.”
• • Mae West: Recognized an opportunity for publicity • •  …  
• • Tim Gray’s article will continue on the next post.
• • Source: Variety; published on Tuesday, 17 August 2021.
• • On Tuesday, 15 September 1931 • •
• • The article “Mae West Returns” was printed in The New York Sun on Tuesday, 15 September 1931.
• • The stage review "Play 'Constant Sinner' Opens" was seen in the New York American on Tuesday, 15 September 1931.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • With Mae West starting the proceedings by remote control from Hollywood on Saturday night, Hollywood-at-the-Fair opened at the Chicago Fair with its new setup under the head of 0. W. Rosenthal and Raymond D. Berry.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Lions surely do have halitosis."
• • Mae West said: "The score never interested me, only the game."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An American newsman interviewed Mae West.
• • Product of the Theater • •
• • Willis Thornton wrote: Once more a woman of the theater dictates what her unprofessional sisters shall wear. And Mae West is essentially a woman of the theater.
• • Willis Thornton wrote: She is a trouper, and like almost every Broadway success, hides years of unwept, unhonored and unsung trouping behind the dazzling light of present-day success. …
• • Source: "Go West Young Woman, Go West," a syndicated feature, appeared in various newspapers starting around Sunday, 10 September 1933  

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 16th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,800 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,822nd blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Mae West: Sex Taboos

MAE WEST had her share of coverage from Variety, whose publisher Sime Silverman was invariably scornful, condescending, and critical. In 2021, Variety’s editorial viewpoint turned tail, deciding they’d come this time “not to bury Caesar but to praise him.” The task fell to Tim Gray, who had this to say. This is Part 2 of 10 segments.
• • Mae West: The Sex-Positive Old Hollywood Icon Who Was Far Ahead of Her Time • •
• • Mae West: How she challenged taboos about sex • •  
• • Tim Gray wrote: That doesn’t provide a lot of clues, but the phrase Mae used in her vaudeville publicity ― “her way is all her own” ― sums up her style and her work.

• • Tim Gray wrote: Mae West took charge of her life and career.
• • Tim Gray wrote: She challenged taboos by dealing with sex in a comic tone, when America’s Puritan streak was in full flower.
• • Tim Gray wrote: Her frank and bawdy humor opened doors for subsequent generations of comics and she was always in the driver’s seat with her career, never beholden to anyone.
• • Tim Gray wrote: Mae West perfected a slow sashaying walk and a deadpan delivery of one-liners, which were often double entendres.
• • Mae West: Most remembered films • •  …  
• • Tim Gray’s article will continue on the next post.
• • Source: Variety; published on Tuesday, 17 August 2021.
• • On Monday, 14 September 1931 • •
• • On Monday, 14 September 1931, Mae West's Harlem drama "The Constant Sinner" opened on Broadway. Mae took the role of Babe Gordon.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The Hollywood Reporter wrote: Mae West is to do a modernized version of "Du Barry," from a story now being developed by the William LeBaron unit.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Don't try to make me respectable.  My public expects me to be bad."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An American newsman interviewed Mae West.
• • Madame Binner, New York's famous corsetiere • •
• • Willis Thornton wrote: Corsets? Sure! They go with the hour-glass figure. But Mae West feels they needn't be an encumbrance. Mae likes a figure which has identical hip and bust measurements, with a waist 10 inches smaller. But (in 1928) when she was about to create "Diamond Lil" she went undulating right down to Madame Binner, New York's famous corsetiere, and had herself designed a corset that encouraged an upward curve for the bosom, but was short enough not to interfere with freedom of the knees.
• • Willis Thornton wrote: The main thing, according to Mae West, about corsets, is "You got to have something to put in 'em. Know what I mean?" The whole world knows  — — or at least it will when the new fashions appear. …
• • Source: "Go West Young Woman, Go West," a syndicated feature, appeared in various newspapers starting around Sunday, 10 September 1933

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 16th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,800 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,821st blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • on the vaudeville circuit
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Monday, September 13, 2021

Mae West: Sex-Positive

MAE WEST had her share of coverage from Variety, whose publisher Sime Silverman was invariably scornful, condescending, and critical. In 2021, Variety’s editorial viewpoint turned tail, deciding they’d come this time “not to bury Caesar but to praise him.” The task fell to Tim Gray, who had this to say. This is Part 1 of 10 segments.
• • Mae West: The Sex-Positive Old Hollywood Icon Who Was Far Ahead of Her Time • •
• • Tim Gray wrote: There weren’t many other figures of old Hollywood like Mae West, a bold comic performer who was at least 50 years head of her time in terms of her material and command of her career.

• • Tim Gray wrote: She was born August 17, probably in 1893, though accounts differ. Variety covered her vaudeville appearances starting in 1911, describing her as a “cyclonic young singer” in shows like “Big Gaiety Review.”
• • Tim Gray wrote: In 1912, Variety tried to discreetly describe her specialty act in Philadelphia, which was called “A Muscle Dance in a Sitting Position.”
• • Tim Gray wrote: The PR stated: “It is all in the way she does it, and her way is all her own.”
• • Mae West: How she challenged taboos about sex  • •  …  
• • Tim Gray’s article will continue on the next post.
• • Source: Variety; published on Tuesday, 17 August 2021.
• • On Sunday, 13 September 1953 • •
• • Walter Ames wrote the amusing article "Who's Marilyn Monroe, Queen Mae West Asks" for The Los Angeles Times. His piece ran on the front page — — of the weekend edition dated for Sunday, 13 September 1953.  
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Paramount's in-house publicists, Hollywood columnists, and newsmen often used catchphrases like "the Wild West," "West is West," and "Go West, Young Man" to promote Mae and her career.
• • One journalist of the 1930s wrote, "West is no longer a region; it's a woman. A brand new type of 'western' has suddenly appeared—nothing to do with cowboys and the great open spaces, but wild enough for all that. Mae West is a whole wild west show in herself."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “I can't be bothered with a husband right now. Maybe later ― ― if I ever get time.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about a new TV show mentioned Mae West.
• • TV Guide wrote: Mae West, now 66, will soon star in a five-a-week, late night, quarter hour show locally, and then has plans for a film series, "Klondike Lou."  ...
• • Source: TV Guide; published on  Saturday, 13 September 1958

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 16th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,800 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,820th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • on the vaudeville circuit
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